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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Put People and Planet First, says UN report for Asia and the Pacific

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 is within reach, but more strategic investments are needed

Suva, Fiji (ESCAP Pacific Office) – In its annual report, Survey 2019: Ambitions beyond growth, launched today, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) - the UN’s regional arm - says that an additional annual investment of $1.5 trillion, equivalent to a dollar per person per day, would allow developing countries in Asia and the Pacific to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. It also finds that the price tag is within reach for many countries given their fiscal space and potential to leverage private investment.

Despite rapid economic growth, the study notes, too many people are left behind, without a fair chance in life, while environmental degradation has reached alarming levels, threatening the sustainability of past development gains. Hence, keeping the old paradigm of prioritizing GDP growth at all costs is neither feasible nor desirable, the report argues.

“We must raise our ambitions beyond just economic growth. The 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals provide a clear blueprint for raising our ambitions. It calls for a change in mindset and an economic philosophy which puts people and the planet first,” United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana said.

ESCAP proposes an investment package, equivalent to 5 per cent of the combined GDP of Asia-Pacific developing countries in 2018, that includes:

 $669 billion to support basic human rights and develop human capacities
 $590 billion to achieve clean energy for all and live in harmony with nature
 $196 billion for improved access to transport, information and communications technology (ICT), and water and sanitation

The Acting Head of the New Zealand High Commission in Fiji, Ms Halia Haddad, speaking at the media event for the Survey launch in Fiji today, noted the “alignment of the ambition beyond growth theme of the report with New Zealand’s intention to launch what is believed to be the world’s first Wellbeing Budget”. Dr. Neelesh Goundar, Senior Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific also spoke at the launch and “congratulated ESCAP for putting natural and social issues at the core of policymaking in the region”.

Taholo Kami, Fiji’s Oceans Representative, spoke of the “urgent need to address transboundary issues and risks associated with climate change and ocean ecosystems”, which the report identifies as the ‘greatest challenge’ for small islands developing states. The High Commissioner of Vanuatu, H.E. Nikenike Vurobaravu, was in attendance and referred to his country’s Peoples’ Plan to illustrate how Vanuatu had embarked on a development path that is more inclusive of people and culture.

Head of ESCAP Pacific Office, Iosefa Maiava, noted opportunities for further work at sub-regional and country levels to estimate investment needs and design associated financing policies for SDGs. He concluded by recalling that the report makes a call for people and countries to work together to ensure no one is left behind in this journey towards sustainable development.


WHAT: Fiji Launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2019
WHEN: Thursday, 04 April 2019
WHERE: UNESCAP Pacific Office conference room, Kadavu House, Level 5, 414 Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji

The report can be downloaded from: https://bit.ly/2HISzM4

For further information, contact: Jone Tikoicolo - Programme Assistant, ESCAP Pacific Office, Suva, Fiji; Tel: +679 323-7700 Mob: +679 999-1975 Email: [email protected]

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Several countries in Asia and the Pacific had been active in producing SEEA accounts before 2015. Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines have been engaged in environmental-economic accounting from the beginning; China and Vietnam had been producing prototype accounts. With the advent of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the need for coherent, policy-relevant environmental information has taken on a new momentum. By late 2017, 20 countries in the region were producing SEEA accounts (Central Framework and Ecosystem Accounts) and another 15 were in the process of piloting accounts.

Much of this momentum is being driven by the realization that official statistics on the environment are essential to monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. However, many National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in member States do not yet have environment statistics programs, let alone the technical capacity and human resources to compile the required indicators.

This challenge of matching the supply with the demand for environment statistics has been addressed by many member States by establishing inter-departmental working groups that collaborate on compiling priority SEEA accounts. ESCAP and its partners have supported these developments in four ways:
• Convening sub-regional assessment, training, work planning workshops,
• Providing targeted technical assistance.
• Convening specialized workshops.
• Supporting capacity building in environment statistics through the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) in Chiba, Japan.

Visit the SEEA web page on this link: https://seea.un.org/news/seea-developments-asia-and-pacific

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A paper prepared by the Pacific Office of ESCAP on the lessons and achievements from implementation of the System of Economic-Environment Accounting (SEEA) in the Pacific, was recently published by the World Bank Group. The paper highlights SEEA accounts complied in the Pacific, outlines lessons, and points to future directions.

Publication can be accessed here: http://www.unescap.org/resources/implementation-natural-capital-accounti...

Implementation of natural capital accounting in the Pacific

1 May 2018